Company Is Coming!!!…and…A Cottage Tour!🍒



Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter…



Hi, sweet friends…





This past week marked 3 years living on the Oregon coast.



I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate than to have dear friends from California stop by for a visit.



This was their first trip since my move and to say that I was excited would be an understatement…



more importantly I felt honored since this is not an easy trip to make.



I mean seriously you have to be part Amazonian, Pioneer…



and Explorer.



traveling through woods…rivers…



over bridges…through tunnels…winding roads…watching out for deer…




This trip is not for sissies. no siree!



That being said.. I was determined to make it worth their effort and so I quickly formulated a grand plan (schedule) of things to show, tell and do during their stay.



Tour of my beautiful town…



Shore Acres…walk the labrynth…explore the caves..



lighthouse…Bullards….Charleston…lunch at the dunes…CoosBay…Farmers market…my fave shops…restaurants…



perhaps a special tea gathering…etc…I guess you might say I wanted to be the hostess with the mostest.😉



I even consulted with Joe several times (who by the way suggested that I might be a little over zealous)…and mentioned perhaps checking in with them on what they would like to do. What!!!! you are funny Joe…no I think I know best.😉

After consulting with Joe…



the original plan became bigger.😉

As the week comes to an end & my friends are ready to return home to California to rest... I can only hope they depart with many wonderful memories of this beautiful coast…and their over zealous well intentioned friend💕



 who hopes one day they will return for even more.








SUPER EASY CHERRY 🍒 PIE (with cranberries)




1 can cherry pie filling

4 tbsp Sugar

1 cup cranberries

1 box Pillsbury pie crusts

1/4 cup milk



1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Take one pie crust and unroll over your pie pan.

3. Push edges down in pan and trim pie crust edges off.

4. Pour can of cherry pie filling into the pie pan.

5. Spread out evenly.

6. Unroll the other pie crust.





7. Cut the pie crust into strips.

8. Place strips over pie filling using a lattice design

9. Brush milk on strips and sprinkle sugar over them.

10. Place in oven for  15 minutes….then reduce heat to 350 and bake another 25-30 minutes.

11. You may need to put foil strips around the edge to prevent from burning.

12. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.


How do you prepare for company? I have learned that it’s best to….relax & have fun!













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Summer at The Cottage




”Home is where you lose the world and find yourself”





Hello…it’s wonderful to see you here today.





For the last couple of months I have made a conscious attempt to unplug from social media (summer break) as in checking my phone and being online constantly... mindless Internet surfing etc…do you ever feel that way?



It’s been a freeing experience. Definetely more time to enjoy the great outdoors…





 photographing…painting…writing…summer reading…I’m currently enjoying Anne of Green Gables (remember Anne?) the loveable…impetuous…day dreaming orphan







I’ve even been doing some flower watching





Recently these beauties are of particular interest to me…as they peep through the fence



soon they will take over



There is no doubt bird watching has become my new go to social media. I’m constantly checking on them. Unless you are new to my blog In case you are new here you know that I recently shared about  birds nesting in our backyard birdhouse which I had thought was just a decoration Those eggs hatched and the birds flew away.





Surprisingly just recently another family discovered the old nest (that I hadn’t removed because it was so cute) and moved in.



I can just tell this is going to be a wonderful summer.💕


That being said here is a fabulous healthy recipe for summer. It makes a great side dish or perhaps even the main meal.







1 green cabbage, medium sized and thinly sliced into strips

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into julienned strips

1/4 cup red onion, halved then thinly sliced


1 cup of mayonnaise (I used vegenaise)

1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp + 1 tsp cider vinegar

1/2 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard (this is the kind with seeds in it…you can substitute regular Dijon if you choose, but you may want to use a little less.)

1/4 tsp black pepper



Joe thought it would be great to add a touch of the Oregon coast and so we also added about a half cup of cranberries. Joe is always right😉


In a large mixing bowl Combine all the ingredients for the dressing. Use a whisk to ensure everything is well combined. Combine & toss the dressing with the cabbage, carrots and red onion until everything is evenly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.




This is little birdie is part of the new family that moved in. There is some work being done in the neighborhood so it gets a little noisy…sorry about that😉







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Summer and Mid Year Dreams


“For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Hi!, how are you?

Somewhere in-between now and our last chat…



we have traveled into the halfway mark of 2018.




Another celebration of July 4th has come and gone.



A wonderful evening celebrating with neighbors and friends.



I’m so lucky!



Being aware of how quickly the year is passing…





I’ve been taking everything in…





precious moments of the months that have past…



Somehow I decided it was time for editing my closets.

(organize, clean things out)…like an inner time clock











a desire to change things around a bit.









Change helps me refocus…live more intentionally.

Maybe halfway through the year is the right time for a change. Maybe it isn’t. I’ll just keep checking in…editing closets…staying in tune with how I want to live and making adjustments along the way. It’s an exciting journey.



Although this will be our third summer living on the Oregon coast…I’ve actually celebrated four July 4th’s here!





This year Joe and I barbecued and prepared baked beans, corn, and potato salad for side dishes.



Our friends brought the salad, watermelon and dessert.



After dinner we house hopped over to another friend’s home to watch the fireworks. (and dessert)






1/2 cup finely chopped celery

2 lb bag red potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks

2- 5 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped

1 1/2  cups mayonnaise

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt




Place potatoes in large pot. Add water to cover. Bring to boil, cook 10 minutes or until or until fork-tender. Drain and cool slightly. Mix mayonnaise, salt in pepper in large bowl until well blended. Add potatoes; toss to coat well. Add celery and eggs; toss gently. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.











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To The Farmers Market We Go!

The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.”-Japanese proverb


What are you doing this weekend?



Warmer weather, sunny days, fresh fruit and vegetables…



the summer is here and so is the farmers market.



I enjoy perusing a couple of farmers markets here on the coast. One is located in Coos Bay which is about a 30 minute drive.





The other is held in my beautiful coastal town of Bandon.



Whether it’s a favorite vendor…



or a culinary adventure…



there’s always something to experience at a neighborhood farmers market.









From locally grown produce…





arts and crafts…





Perhaps a sweet thing  or two…



for you.💕






and here’s a perfect little recipe after a day at the farmers market…





4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini

1/2  teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 pound ground beef (I substituted with veggie crumbles)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce

1 medium green or sweet red pepper, chopped


oopsie…I forgot to put my apron on!


I’ll let Joe take over for a sec…


apron on..


my guy is the best helper…


  1.  Preheat oven to 400. Place zucchini in colander; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out moisture.
  2.  Combine zucchini with eggs, Parmesan and half of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into a greased 13×9 inch or 3-qt. baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until cooked. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add red pepper. Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes longer. Enjoy!


veggie crumbles…


Smells like spaghetti…


I feel like an artist…


all done…


now for the cheese…








the end of a perfect day…

Actually here is a perfect day on the Oregon coast…enjoy!




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Happy Summer!



“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”~Albert Camus



Happy Summer!





This past week Joe cleaned off the grill.



The summer is here!!!!



and I’m ready to have those backyard gatherings.











I love this time of year on the Oregon coast.



I painted these chairs white and purchased these blue striped pillows for summer



The weather is in the 60’s…



the mornings have a magical coastal mist





































The sun comes out…



when it’s good and ready…



Reminding me that this is the season for easy living…





I’ve recently discovered a delicious alternative for beef burgers with a plant based Beyond Meat burger. Surprisingly they grill fairly well. They aren’t for everyone…however they are definitely worth a try.



And of course they are super easy to pan fry. Preparation is similar to making a hamburger. I like to cook mine so it’s well done.















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